My wife isn't a morning person. Just now (around 0600 local time), though, she woke up when our dog Kepler was walking past her.

She reached out, scritched him behind his ears, and mumbled something along the lines of "good puppy loves scritches". This went on for a bit.

She's fast asleep again, Kepler is contentedly curled up on his bed, and I'm left here, sitting in the dark, loving my wife even more than I did yesterday.

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#FollowFriday / #FF recap of this week's recommended follows:

🌟 @ooni - Monitors government/ISP internet blocking

🌟 @PINE64 & @pine64tilvids & @talkpine & @pineguild - Linux-based smartphones, laptops, watches etc.

🌟 @Sibylle (in English & German) - Creating yarn, gardening, growing food etc.

🌟 @FediVideos - Recommended videos on Fediverse

🌟 @playcontent - Video reviews of animated films & TV

🌟 @Framasoft (in French & English) - Non-profit creating/promoting libre software and services

Here's my idea:

Remake Firestarter. Gender swap the protagonists, so that Charlie is a boy and Andy is his mother. Cast Drew Barrymore as Andy.

That's all I got.

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I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts (SciShow Tangents) and they did an ad break. The ad was for a podcast ad service. An advertisement for advertisements.

I… I don't have anything to add to that.

Spoilers (sorta) for LA Brea 

Just watched episode 1 of the new series LA Brea, and I have some thoughts. Dear NBC:

1. I'm not an expert, so I don't know if there were people in the American Southwest at the same time as sabertooth tigers. I do know, however, that if there were, they weren't white.

2. In your season preview for the coming season, you showed a megatherium. Those were endemic to South America, not southern California. FFS, at least read a Wikipedia article on megafauna.

Tonight's dinner was toast made with home baked whole wheat and oat bread, with homemade butternut squash soup.

It was delightful!

CW: the military, trauma 

I am aware of an event. I'm not going to go into details for several reasons, not least of which is that it no longer matters.

But every once in a while, I see a thing on shit TV that makes me say "who did they talk to?" This happens more often with military stories.

Now, I ask you this: why are so many of these stories familiar to me? I was only in for two and a half years before my brain gave up.

How fucking common are these stories?

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CW: the military, trauma 

It's weird.

My favorite episodes of terrible shows (in this case, Lie to Me) are the ones about the military.

My experience in service makes these episodes laughable. It's except I never laugh. They get so many details so very, very wrong.

But the things - usually one thing - they get right hits me so hard, it's like a punch to the gut.

I've become addicted to the show Elementary. Thoughts may follow.

I just had the strangest culinary experience.

I made a smoothie with vanilla Greek yoghurt, milk, strawberry, banana, avocado, and chia. Sounds good, right?

It tasted of… nothing. A hint of vanilla, a little sweet, and that's it. It wasn't bad, exactly, just plain. It was the damndest thing.

At first, I though "oh, shit, no sense of taste - I got the COVID!". At that exact moment, my dog farted and completely disabused me of the notion that I lost my sense of smell.

I made a joke recently about Kepler (my best buddy, seen here) wearing too much eyeliner. I like to kid around, but it really is one of the things that makes him very striking in appearance.

Kepler is (all personal bias aside) one of the most beautiful dogs I've ever had the pleasure of seeing. Everything about his appearance, from coat to eyes to stance, is beautiful. And if you only see him in pictures, you would never know he's my clumsy little buddy, who I will love forever.

Someone needs to start selling prickly pear fizzy water.

I'm just sayin'.

Sobriety 

Tonight, I faced the biggest challenge to my sobriety yet.

I am three years sober, and, honestly, after the first six months or so, it hasn't even been hard.

But today, I was walking past the beer at a convenience store, and I saw a prickly pear infused beer.

I actually stopped and stared for a full minute before I got my shit together. I LOVE prickly pear fruit. It is one of my great weaknesses, right up there with apple crumble.

So... that was a thing.

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Finally got to in-person game with my friends for the first time in more than a year tonight. It is awesome.

Also, they have a Nerf gun rack.

Just saw the last episode of Loki.

No spoilers, but I loved it!

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